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Asia Pacific: Recent plans for deployment of buses [free access]

April 1, 2019

Between October 2018 and March 2019 (six-month period), governments and transport agencies in Australia, India, Nepal, the Philippines, and South Korea announced plans to procure buses and conduct trials. Amongst these, the maximum number of plans was announced in India.

 

The following table provides information about plans for bus procurement and trials announced in the last six months.

 

Table: Bus procurement and trials announced (October 2018–March 2019)

City/State

Authority

Month and year

Initiative

No. of buses

Details

Australia

Sydney

Government of New South Wales

January 2019

Trial runs of electric buses

4

Trial run of four electric buses for two years in the Inner West region of Sydney.

India

Delhi

Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi

March 2019

New CNG and electric bus deployments

4,000

Deployment of 4,000 electric and CNG buses in FY2019–2020. DTC will operate 1,000 buses and DIMTS will operate 3,000 buses (2,000 CNG and 1,000 electric buses).

September 2018

Trials of hydrogen buses

50

Collaboration with Indian Oil Corporation Limited to conduct trial runs of 50 buses fuelled by hydrogen-enriched CNG in 2019.

Uttar Pradesh

Government of Uttar Pradesh

March 2019

New electric bus deployments

580

Deployment of 580 electric buses in eight cities on a PPP basis.

Ghaziabad

Government of Uttar Pradesh

January 2019

Installation of charging stations

Installation of 24 charging stations for electric buses in Ghaziabad.

Pune

PMC and PCMC

January 2019

New CNG buses

1,340

Procurement of 1,340 buses in 2019. (400 CNG buses to be hired and 400 CNG buses to be procured)

Pune

 PMPML

November 2018

Deployment of CNG and electric buses

1,000

Deployment of up to 1,000 buses in phases in 2019.

Andhra Pradesh

APSRTC 

November 2018

Deployment of new buses

750

Procurement of 750 buses. The timeline for the procurement of buses is yet to be announced.

Mumbai

BEST

November 2018

Deployment of electric buses

1,000

Deployment of 1,000 buses (including 11 non-AC midi buses, 40 midi-electric buses, 50 midi buses, 200 regular mini-buses) by March 2020.

Bangalore

BMTC 

October 2018

Procurement of new buses

3,158

Procurement of 3,158 new buses (including 151 air-conditioned buses). The timeline of the procurement process has not been announced yet.

Vijayawada 

Vijayawada Regional Transport Corporation

September 2018

Procurement of new buses

765

Procurement of 765 buses by March 2019. The state government of Andhra Pradesh has sanctioned INR2 billion for the procurement, but the timeline of the tendering process has not been announced.

Indonesia

Bekasi City

Transportation Agency of Bekasi City

September 2018

Procurement of new buses

400

Procurement of 400 buses in 2019. The buses will be procured through a conversion programme, which involves the replacement of three public transport minivans with one bus.

Nepal

Kathmandu

Government of Nepal

January 2019

Procurement of new buses

300

Deployment of 300 electric buses in Kathmandu.

Philippines

Cebu

City Government of Cebu

November 2018

New electric bus deployments

40

Deployment of at least 40 electric buses under the Public Utility Vehicle modernisation programme of the Philippines Department of Transportation. Persano Corporation will operate the buses.

Notes: APSRTC – Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation; BEST – Brihanmumbai Electric Supply & Transport Undertaking; BMTC – Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation; CNG – compressed natural gas; DIMTS – Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System Limited; DTC – Delhi Transport Corporation; PCMC – Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation; PMC – Pune Municipal Corporation; PMPML – Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited; PPP – public–private partnership

 

Source: Global Mass Transit Research

 

(1 INR [Indian Rupee] = 0.014 USD)